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Well into her nineties, Thérèse Josien-Poulain (1929-2022) still mastered to perfection the art of assembling the bones of prehistoric animals. A pioneer of French archaeozoology, which she developed in the mid-1950s, the scientist pursued most of her career from her house in Avallon, in the central eastern French region of Burgundy, which enabled her to reconcile family life and archaeology. In her home laboratory, she saw hundreds of thousands of fragments of fossilised animals pass through her hands. An expert in the identification of such remains, this prehistorian was also one of the first to attempt to reconstruct the history of the natural relationship between humans and animals.

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